Definition of "saccharine" [sac•cha•rine]

  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of sugar or saccharin; sweet. (adjective)
  • Having a cloyingly sweet attitude, tone, or character: a saccharine smile. (adjective)
  • Excessively sentimental: "It was enough for him to rely on sentiment . . . and saccharine assertions about The Home” ( Kate Millett). (adjective)
  • Excessively sweet; sugary (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Of, relating to, of the nature of, or containing sugar or saccharin (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "saccharine" in a sentence
  • "Empathy without saccharine is just the perfect recipe for me, and I felt so much better after talking with her, someone who really knows me better than almost anyone."
  • "This early work is that of a young man still coming to terms with his sexuality and politics; there is a gentle, tentative longing here that would border on the saccharine were the poet not so evidently and deeply invested in every line."
  • "We are donating the technology of feeding with protein honey, and we are donating the technology of saccharine, which is very easy and simple to produce."